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04/26/2012 - 3:11pm
Bruins release statement on racist tweets
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins issued the following statement Thursday in light of the racist comments that were tweeted by fans following Joel Ward's series-clinching overtime goal on Wednesday.

The Bruins are very disappointed by the racist comments that were made following the game last night. These classless, ignorant views are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.

Ward's parents moved from Barbados to Toronto before Ward was born (his father died when he was 14). The 31-year-old forward sent a rebound from a Mike Knuble shot past Tim Thomas in overtime Wednesday to give Washington a 2-1 overtime victory over the Bruins and eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions from the postseason. 

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04/26/2012 - 12:38pm
Chara named finalist for Norris Trophy
By: DJ Bean

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was among the three finalists for the Norris Trophy, which is awarded to “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.” The other finalists are Nashville's Shea Weber and Ottawa's Erik Karlsson. 

Chara had a career-best 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists) during the regular season and his plus-33 rating was tops among all defensemen. This is his fourth nomination for the Norris, which he won in 2009. 

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04/26/2012 - 12:05pm
Capitals owner: Racist tweets 'unforgivable'

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis weighed in on the barrage of racist tweets that went public after Joel Ward, a black player, scored the game-winning goal for the Caps in their 2-1 overtime victory over the Bruins in Wednesday night's Game 7. And Ward's agent said the player is aware of the comments but won't allow them to affect him.

Wrote Leonsis on his blog Thursday morning:

Shame on these folks who decided to take to their keyboards and show their ignorance and their racism and hate.

What these people have said and done is unforgivable. I hope they are now publicly identified and pay a huge price for their beliefs. There should be zero tolerance for this kind of hate mongering. Their...

04/26/2012 - 11:24am
McGuire on M&M: Tired B's 'totally drained'

NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire joined the Mut & Merloni show Thursday morning to talk about the Bruins' Game 7 loss to the Capitals.

"I was here when Boston lost to Carolina in a Game 7 [in 2009] and it was just an amazingly similar, eerie feeling last night, obviously, when Joel Ward scored on the rebound," said McGuire, a former NHL coach and executive.

Looking at reasons for the Bruins' disappointing first-round exit one year after they won the Stanley Cup, McGuire said there are a number of factors to consider.

"I'm not making excuses for the Bruins, but no Nathan Horton, no Mark Recchi, no Michael Ryder, and probably two or three guys up front that weren't 100 percent makes it a big problem to try to win," he said. "That's a suffocating style you're playing against, and when the opposition gets a lead, it's an extremely difficult style to play against. The fact that the Bruins were able to force a Game 7...

04/26/2012 - 8:05am
Mashup: Racist tweets follow Bruins' loss

When Joel Ward, one of the few black players in the NHL, scored for the Capitals to knock out the Bruins in Game 7 Wednesday night, B's fans took to Twitter to express their frustration. Some fans directed their anger at Ward, and the racially charged comments came fast and furious. A number of websites published the most offensive of the tweets, which are sure to rekindle accusations that Boston has lingering racial problems.

Ward, whose parents emigrated from Barbados and settled in Ontario, scored a career-low six goals this season after signing with Washington as a free agent from the Predators. The 31-year-old is in his fifth NHL season, and he's making a name for himself as a postseason player after recording seven goals and six assists in 12 playoff games last year in Nashville, then coming up big Wednesday night.

“I’ve done it this way my whole life,” Ward said after Wednesday's game. “I’ve always been...

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